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Non-molestation Orders: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) women and (b) people who applied for non-molestation orders were not eligible for legal aid in each year since 2010.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

VOLUME OF REFUSALS

% OF APPLICATIONS REFUSED

YEAR

FEMALES (a)

TOTAL (b)

FEMALES (a)

TOTAL (b)

2010-2011

29

35

0.25%

0.30%

2011-2012

12

14

0.11%

0.13%

2012-2013

19

25

0.17%

0.22%

2013-2014

67

68

0.44%

0.45%

2014-2015

123

131

0.87%

0.93%

2015-2016

127

132

0.94%

0.98%

2016-2017

222

235

1.67%

1.77%

2017-2018

282

307

2.10%

2.29%

2018-2019

380

406

2.87%

3.07%

Figures are based on the volume of applications made rather than the number of discrete individuals. One person may make more than one application for legal aid.

Applications for legal aid when requesting a non-molestation orders will only be rejected when a court is unlikely to grant an order, for instance where other help and support is already in place.

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